TrueConf and Gilat Satellite Networks Demonstrate High Performance Quality Video Conferencing over Satellite Network

30 September 2013

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today announced that TrueConf, a leading East European vendor of video conferencing solutions and Gilat have teamed together to demonstrate high speed and high quality video conferencing over Gilat's VSAT Network.

On the request of customers evaluating the video conferencing system, testing was held at the COSMOS Research Center using Gilat's SkyEdge II HUB and VSATs to enable network channel access. Experts conducted several multi-point video conferences and point-to-point video calls as part of the evaluation.

"TrueConf software-based video conferencing system is an easy to use and reliable solution for satellite channels when the situation demands immediate communication," said Alex Turiy, Head of the Television Network Development Department at COSMOS Research Center. "Of particular note is the compatibility between Gilat and TrueConf systems, UDP Multicast support, and the high quality of conducted video conferences."

Tests of point-to-point video calls were performed both in Star topology and in Mesh topology with subscribers located behind the VSATs. High throughput 2Mbps links were configured per user that allowed transmitting HD video over the satellite. Multi-point video conferences were tested with up to 6 participants simultaneously using TCP and UDP protocols with a main focus on Multicast mode that allows significant saving of space segment in the VSAT networks. Experts rated the quality of voice and video as excellent in all the tests and confirmed the full compatibility of the TrueConf software with Gilat's satellite equipment.

"Use of high quality video conferencing system on satellite channels enables immediate live communication between locations around the world, even in outlying hard to reach areas," said Michael Gotalsky, CEO of TrueConf. "The lack of an all-encompassing communications infrastructure in the past restricted video conferencing usage to terrestrial-based channels. Many enterprises, governments and NGOs need face-to-face communication, including to remote and emerging regions. Working together with Gilat, TrueConf is now able to offer them this capability."

"We are pleased to have worked together with TrueConf to prove the viability of the video conferencing solution running over our Gilat satellite equipment," said Sergey Bityukov, Head of Business Development of Gilat Satellite Networks in Russia. "We look forward to working with TrueConf to ensure their customers receive the communications infrastructure they need to satisfy their business requirements."

For further information, please contact:

Michael Gotalsky,
TrueConf CEO
Tel.: +1 (347) 878-3263
E-mail: mgotalsky@trueconf.com

David Leichner,
Gilat Satellite Networks
Tel.: +1 516 4789697
E-mail: davidle@gilat.com

About TrueConf www.trueconf.com Founded in 2003 in Moscow, TrueConf is a leading East European videoconferencing vendor. The company is focused on collaboration solutions and offers SVC-based MCU-less unified communication software platform. TrueConf offers the convenience of both cloud-based (TrueConf Online) and server-based (TrueConf Server) videoconferencing products. TrueConf Server offers a Full HD video experience and the ability to support multi-point videoconferences with up to 250 participants (using UDP Multicast). TrueConf has developed a single software product suitable for corporate IP networks and all popular PC and mobile platforms.

TrueConf has facilitated over 1300 successful videoconferencing solutions for governments, educational institutions, financial establishments, small businesses and corporations involved in all types of activities. The company developed the world's first 3D videoconferencing application and has made significant advances in mobile conferencing and gesture-control videoconferencing systems.

About Gilat Satellite Networks www.gilat.com Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in the United States, Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 85 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions.

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